My wonder wife, partner, soul-mate, girl of my dreams runs a branch of Housewives In The City (HITC) here in Jacksonville Florida. In case your wives haven’t heard of HITC, it is a modern take on networking events. This isn’t your typical run of the mill boring networking event. Don’t believe me? Posh! Have I ever steered you wrong before? No, the answer you are looking for is, no. The monthly events are a great way to reach women in the community and get your brand out there locally. Also, don’t let the name fool you I’ve been to a few events myself and it is a heck of a good time! Be sure to visit the link below and find an event happening soon.
Wait, I got side tracked… The reason I mention all that is that her most recent event was at Brewz Filling Station Bartram Park. Brewz brings the best variety of ice cold craft keg beer. They have an ever rotating beer selection and is, in my opinion, one of the best places in Jacksonville to grab a beer. With over 40 taps dedicated to beer and 4 taps that serve wine straight out of a keg you cannot go wrong. Trust me if you have never tried wine from a tap, I can promise you that you will be surprised… in a good way.
I say all this because not only do they have tons of beer they also offer take home growlers, which my wife was awesome enough to bring one home for me, despite my attempts to persuade her otherwise. I am a fan of, at the moment anyways, Irish Red Ale. Knowing this my wife asked what the bartender what he would recommend, thus leading us to what inspired this post and what this post is about in the first place… McCarthy’s Irish Red Ale.
McCarthy’s Irish Red Ale is brewed by the Tomoka Brewing Company from Port Orange, FL. I wont go into detail about them because frankly this is the first time I’ve heard of them. I do know they offer tours of their facility. You can bet the next time I am anywhere near Port Orange I am going on a tour!
“Chris, what about the beer review?”
Right, right! Sorry, although I suppose if you have been reading my post at all you have now come to expect the rambling. Onto the beer review!
McCarthy’s has a very dark almost murky brown color with minimal head retention. It is fairly light up front with a bit of an earthy punch. It then takes on a sort of a toasty caramel grain that rises up in the middle and then slowly fades over the rest of the sip. The hops are neutral which keeps the sweetness at bay while maintaining a modest bitterness. It’s crisp, lively, and pleasantly complex for a Red Ale.
This is one of the more enjoyable beers I’ve had in a long time. It’s a 5 out of 5 on the Chris drinkable scale! Is that a thing? I suppose it is now. I would definitely recommend this beer if you enjoy Red Ales or even if you don’t, as it just may surprise you!
My only regret is that I didn’t get a 64 oz growler!